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In this edition:

*Making Sense of Mondays - 'You matter because your story matters'
*Welcome New Members & Thank you to our Renewing Members!
*NorthBay biz BEST OF Voting - Voting ends March 31st - So vote today!
*Chamber Members Events & News - Advertise here for FREE
*Harassment Prevention Training - 5+ Employees - Have you completed?*Covid-19 Resources - Red Tier, Why Test, Vaccine Info & More
This week's Making Sense of Mondays Article:
by Andy Springer, Business Consultant & Coach
 
Check out the latest Making Sense of Mondays Article!
You can't spell Business without "B" and "U"

You will find this article and others here on our website.
Below is an excerpt, click here to read the entire article


“Hey, boys! Get dressed and come down for breakfast. We are having your favorite, CAT-HEAD biscuits.”

During my first three semesters in college, guys from Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Texas told tales of eating such things as crawdads, alligator tale, frog’s legs, cow’s tongue, pickled pig’s feet and snout. Not one of these guys ever mentioned eating “Cat-head” biscuits.

I was raised to eat whatever was put in front of me, especially if I was a guest in someone else’s home. Besides, if I was planning to eat any more food this Thanksgiving weekend, and I was, I had better figure out how to eat these biscuits without complaint and with much gratitude or find a way to avoid this meal. Maybe I could fake being sick. Maybe I could run away. Maybe… well, I ran out of maybes.

Then I asked - “Why are your favorite biscuits called ‘Cat-head’ biscuits?” With a smile as long as the Mississippi and eyes as wide as the Atlantic, my college friend and host for the weekend said, “These biscuits are the size of a cat’s head.”

“Oh! Thank God!!!”

“Wait, why did you think we called them cat-head biscuits?”

After a bizarre introduction to these “cat-head” biscuits and a hilarious recounting of my experience and explanation to my friend and his family, we all laughed so hard through breakfast that most of us probably walked away with indigestion.

I can hear you now – “Andy, what do these biscuits have to do with me, my business and my story?”..."Read more



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Airport Express - Reopening May 3rd - Airporter Service to San Francisco & Oakland

City of Rohnert Park - Community Services will be highlighting all things "I Heart Rohnert Park" - Scavenger Hunt / Mar 16 Chat with the Chief - Tune in next on Mar 30

Fundemonium - Mar 29 Newsletter - Easter is this Sunday. What's in your basket?

Intelligent Heart, Steven Campbell - The Male and Female Brain - We ARE Different

Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center - No charge business advisers & educational workshops too - Click here to go to their calendar

Poppy Bank is available to help all with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Recology Sonoma Marin - Make sorting mysteries history - Various Mar & Apr Dates

Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library - March 26 Newsletter & Early Literacy Resources for pre-kindergarteners

Rohnert Park FC - Be a sponsor & market your business - Deadline May 31

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Sonoma State University Careerfest 2021 Register Now - Apr 6-9

Sonoma State University Theatre, Arts & Dance - On Stage Virtual Performances

Summit State Bank sponsored workshop on Employee Retention Tax Credit - Apr 8

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Sonoma County is in the Red Tier

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Sonoma County COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Information

Why do we need to continue to test? Click here for Testing Sites
  • Between 30 to 40 percent of people who have COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms and don't know they have it.
  • COVID-19 is highly transmissible. This is even more true now with new variants spreading throughout California and and the rest of the world.
  • Increasing testing gives us a truer picture of community spread.
  • We can also advance to the orange tier by testing more. If we continue to test at a high rate compared to other counties, our case rate could be adjusted at or below the orange tier threshold of 3.9 new daily cases. 
  • Testing is easier and more comfortable than in the fall.
  • Testing is free, fast, confidential and appointments are easier to make than ever

Sonoma County COVID-19 Vaccine Information Website
The supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States is currently limited and the County of Sonoma is following State and Federal guidelines for distribution. Priority administration of the vaccine has been determined by a number of factors including risk of exposure from work or living environments, as well as vulnerabilities due to age and medical conditions.

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California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

On February 23rd, Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package
providing urgent relief for the small businesses of CA. The package provides $2 billion 
– a four-fold increase over the $500 million currently being distributed – for grants
up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions.

  • If you have already applied, you do NOT need to anything at this time.
  • Round 5 - New Applicants Apply March 25-31
  • Round 6 - New Applicants - Application date to be announced

Here is a link to the CA Relief Grant Website where they will post the latest information.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Reopens
Deadline Extended to May 31st

Lending institutions are now accepting applications

As before, you must apply through a lender. View map of lenders near you.

If you received PPP in Round 1, you may prefer to apply again through your existing lender. However, this is not a requirement; some lenders are not offering the PPP this time or delaying the opening date.
 
Getting started with PPP Round 2


 
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ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS (EIDL) & EIDL Advance

  • You can apply for an EIDL through December 31, 2021.
  • One loan only per business (you cannot apply for a second). However, if you borrowed less than you were eligible for, you may request an increase on your existing loan.
  • EIDL Advances (grants up to $10K) will re-open for a second round to businesses in low-income communities who received an EIDL advance in the first round. The SBA will notify businesses if they are eligible.

Workplace Exposure and Outbreak

"What should I do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19?"


AB 685 (Chapter 84, Statutes of 2020) is a California law that requires employers to notify employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and to report workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 to their local health department.

Notify Employees of Workplace Outbreaks

Upon identifying a COVID-19 case in the workplace, you need to provide the following information:

  1. Notice to your employees and the employer of subcontracted workers that they may have been exposed to COVID-19
  2. Information about benefits & options. 
  3. A disinfection & safety plan. 


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More on this topic from Jay G. Putnam, Attorney at Law

NEW COVID LAW REQUIRES 24-HOUR WRITTEN NOTICE - "Effective January 1, employers are required to provide written notification to employees, within 24 hours, of COVID-19 exposures in the workplace. They are further required to notify local health authorities in the event of an “outbreak.”...Read more

See the Jay's website for several detailed newsletters explaining the potent protection such policies offer employers.  

Jay G. Putnam is a Petaluma labor lawyer who has specialized in representing California employers for over 39 years. His practice is devoted to preventing lawsuits against his clients, without sacrificing workplace authority or management prerogatives. He has a remarkable record of success.
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